Opinion

Talent or Terroir?

Talent or Terroir?

For generations the ‘cool’ line to say as a wine maker was “Nah, I didn’t do much – the wine is merely reflecting its terroir and vintage”. Yesterday was, however, one of those days that repeatedly emphasised the role of human...
First impressions

First impressions

The crossing just before the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West is trade-wise probably one of busiest in the Winelands. The diversity of products varies from plastic bags and garden gnomes to blackberry chargers. Impressive, until you’ve seen the informal sector on...
We are marching to Angola

We are marching to Angola

Identify emerging markets, offer them quality products and then grow with them. This is Wines of South Africa’s strategy to tackle the world’s most neglected wine market – Africa. Next weekend marks the start of this new drive to increase South...

The motivation in young wines

The Stellenbosch and Constantia lah-di-dahs often don’t bother too much entering for it, while in Vredendal and Worcester it is regarded as the event of the year. It’s known for its massive and numerous trophies that carry imposing names like Genl Smuts...
What’s in a label?

What’s in a label?

We all live for fashion, one way or another. Whether it be the clothes you wear, the places you go, the decor of your home, your savvy sports-car or the wine you drink. Chateaux Petrus, Dom Perignon and Grange, have become the Gucci, Prada and Louis Vitton of the...
Goose Wines – cool and classy

Goose Wines – cool and classy

Retief Goosen, often called “The Goose”, is known as one of the coolest customers in the world of golf. Fittingly, the wines that carry his name are also produced in one of the coolest regions in the Western Cape. EDO HEYNS has visited the Upper Langkloof for a goose...

Word on the street

After attending a “Promoting moderate alcohol consumption” discussion at Intervitis, a fellow journo from Germany got very excited when I told him that I am from South Africa. “I did a pub crawl outside Johannesburg. That must have been the funniest...
And the theme is …

And the theme is …

I’ve learnt a lot of new things yesterday: That a 30 cm increase in the height of the trellising cordon can make a notable difference in the ripening temperatures of grapes (expect higher trellising systems …), that the Ritter Sport chocolate factory is...
Guten tag uit Stuttgart!

Guten tag uit Stuttgart!

Die moeder van alle wyntegnologie skoue, Intervitis Interfructa, skop vanmore af by die Stuttgart Messe – ʼn massiewe konferensiesentrum net duskant Stuttgart se Flughafen. Ek is van Maandag middag af in Waldenbuch – ʼn pragtige klein dorpie, naby aan die Messe – en het...
Tracking trends at their roots

Tracking trends at their roots

At the change of the season, I always find it remarkable to see how prices of “last season’s” stock spiral down through massive sales and mark downs at clothing stores. Not being particularly bothered about fashion, I’m tempted to...
Beware of Bottle Bling – Part two

Beware of Bottle Bling – Part two

In the August 09 edition of WineLand, I did a story questioning the role of competition and accolade stickers on wine bottles. This followed after reports that some international importers requested wineries to remove local competition stickers from their wines...